Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Has the love bug bitten Reggie and Cheryl?

No, this is not a Halloween prank! And if you're an Archie Comics fan, you might wonder if you read that headline right! And ... while BRBTV usually lets the Archie Comics press releases percolate a while, because they send 'em out so far in advance of when the comics actually hit the stores, we had to make an exception in this case. We had to roll this one right out to the front of the line. Because anytime you're talking Cheryl Blossom, BRB sits up and takes notice! We're marvo fans of the luscious redhead! So here goes ...

From Archie Comics

MAMARONECK , NY – Archie Comics and the idea of “romantic entanglements” have been synonymous for nearly 70 years. Our readers are interested in seeing how we can shake things up with various romantic pairings, and over the years our writers have obliged, leading to such milestone tales as the “Love Showdown” saga examining the eternal love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica, Ethel’s relentless pursuit of Jughead, Riverdale’s perennial couples Moose and Midge and Chuck and Nancy, and even a very poignant encounter … and quite romantic kiss … between Betty and Reggie!

Now, it appears a new pair of lovebirds are hovering on the horizon: Reggie and Cheryl!

The seeds of the relationship were sown the previous month in “Love Can Be Nasty,” a tantalizing tale from BETTY & VERONICA #180. In that story, Cheryl and Reggie formed an alliance – she to figure out how to date Archie without competition from Betty and Veronica; he to date Betty and Veronica without competition from Archie.

Well, in “Be My Valentine … or Else!” from BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #181, their scheming continues, or so it seems … Could it be possible that Cheryl and Reggie really DO want to attend the Valentine’s Day parade together? Not according to Archie, Betty and Veronica, who are convinced the duo are just using one another. But Cupid may have something else in mind! Is this the beginning of a new, bona-fide Archie Comics couple or merely a fleeting fancy? There’s only one way to find out – be sure to reserve your copy today!

“Be My Valentine … or Else!”
PLUS: Other new and classic tales, including the “animated” Sabrina!
BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
Shipping date: January 16, 2008
On sale at comic specialty shops: January 23, 2008
On sale on newsstands: February 5, 2008
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

BRBTV News Blog note: Yes, we know ... boo-hoo-hoo, February is a heckuva long time to wait! But hey, in the world of romance, anticipation is everything! But Mr. Silberkleit, we can't believe you didn't put Cheryl on the cover of this one! Don't ya know that'll sell more issues! We know, just from how many search strings of "Cheryl Blossom" bring folks to this very blog!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Grant Goodeve in "The Spy and the Sparrow"

Grant Goodeve is difficult to forget as elder bro David Bradford on the 1970s "Eight is Enough." But us fans of "Dynasty" remember him as Chris Deegan in the 1983 season. Now Goodeve is working on "The Spy and the Sparrow." He plays Agent Kruch in the drama, directed by Garrett Bennett and written by Steve Edmiston.

Find out a little more about the film from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: Fans of "Batman: The Animated Series" and its various animated descendants, you'll want to check out this quickie interview with voice director Andrea Romano:

Monday, October 29, 2007

Susan Lucci does Super Soap Weekend, and other "Dallas" tidbits

Our gal Susan Lucci, that luscious but sinister Hillary Taylor / Sheila Foley of the latter part of the "Dallas" run, is out and about again in a couple weeks. She'll appear at the Super Soap Weekend and Breakfast at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

"For those of you that haven't had a chance to attend in previous years," her official website says, "this is an excellent opportunity to spend time with Susan, and other Chat Club Members that have been attending this event for years."

The Super Soap Weekend is November 10-11, 2007, and the Susan Lucci Chat Club Breakfast is Friday, November 9, 2007. The location is the Brown Derby Restaurant - Disney MGM Studios @ Walt Disney World Resort. Tickets are $95 (with the proceeds going to Little Flower Children's Services of New York) but -- alas -- they're sold out!

Elsewhere in the "Dallas" world, meanwhile, there is an update on the long-awaited and ever-changing big-screen remake film. James Brolin and Diane Ladd are the latest names to be attached to the project, according to They'll apparently play Jock and Miss Ellie (we're sure you know which is which). Though it's an improvement over Shirley MacLaine as Ellie, it's certainly not an improvement over the remarkable Sam Elliott as Jock! But Brolin could be sufficiently gruffy, we suppose ...

Friday, October 26, 2007

For John Schneider, that "Nip/Tuck" is quite true to life

Ahhhhh .... full disclosure, now that's what we like. John Schneider has gone on record, alongside his appearance on the f/X plastic-surgery drama "Nip/Tuck," to admit he's gone under the knife, himself.

Schneider told celeb news show "Extra" that he underwent liposuction a couple years ago when the situps just weren't working for him. Though it got the results he was looking for, he says the procedure hurt.

Schneider will do several episodes of "Nip/Tuck," and he'll play (intake of breath here -- this is a departure for our own Bo Duke) a porn producer. His character name? Ram. ... Ummmm-kay!

The IMDb says he appeared in an October episode of the show, but Kansas City's Channel 5 says his episodes are not scheduled to begin until later next month.

Meanwhile, in other John Schneider news (and it does tend to be rather abundant, you understand), the actor is queued up to sing the national anthem before the Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 28 (otherwise known as Sunday). So appropriate for Schneider, who's a racer himself! Read more at

And hey, that's not all! We wouldn't be a bit surprised if John-John uses the opportunity this weekend at this particular Atlanta venue to mention another oh-so slightly big event coming up at that same particular Atlanta venue next summer ... If you have no idea what we're hintin' at, then we'll just tell ya ... Schneider and his wife, Elly, have gone public and official with the long-rumored new management of the wildly popular DukesFest event. In fact, they've even launched a brand-spankin'-new website for it, Scott Romine of the Confederate General Lee Fan Club site is doin' the webmasterin', while avid "Dukes" fan JETT is coordinating the guest cars for the annual event. And expect a big cast turnout this year, too, as the event moves here to the state where the show originated! We're excited! We have a feeling the guest couches at the BRBTV corporate headquarters will be in use!

BRBTV News Blog Blip (it's a great news day): Can you believe Todd McKee is coming back to daytime soaps? Our own handsome original Ted Capwell of "Santa Barbara," such a young'un when the show launched back in 1984, will return to the role he originated, Jake Maclaine, on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful." It happens on November 14 for the actor, who played that role on "B&B" from 1990 to 1993. See the feature story on

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Catherine Oxenberg in "Starship Troopers: Marauder"

Next up for our lovely original Amanda Carrington of "Dynasty," Ms. Catherine Oxenberg, is yet another project with her husband, Casper Van Dien: "Starship Troopers: Marauder." Oxenberg's role is small in this one, but she joins a nice cast that includes Jolene Blalock, the reluctantly sultry Sub-Commander T'Pol of "Star Trek: Enterprise." Amanda Donohoe also stars.

The film, written and directed by Edward Neumeier, is the third installment in the "Starship Troopers" franchise that began in 1997.

Catch another little tidbit about the film here:

Plus you can grab some fun news and interviews, along with cast photos, at this fan site:

BRBTV News Blog Blip: In the "Batman: The Animated Series" realm, meanwhile, the voice of our beloved Harley Quinn, Arleen Sorkin, lost her father last week. Irving Sorkin, 88, was a dentist who had Hollywood dreams -- and made them come true. Learn more in this story from the L.A. Times.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Polish up that Halloween costume for Archie Comics

"Halloween is fun for both the young and young at heart," the press release from Archie Comics says. "We would really like to see how creative our fans are so; we’ve decided to hold a Halloween Costume Contest."

Kids of all ages, all you need to do to join in the fun:

- Get your costume together (for you and/or your pet)
- Take a picture. Yes, you can enter more than once!
- Email it as an attachment to
- Be sure to put the words “Costume Contest” in the subject line!

All photos will be put up on on Halloween Day. The voting will begin on Thursday, November 1. There will be no first round eliminations -- all entries will be placed on the Archie Comics website for voting, as long as they are suitable for the entire family.

The winner will receive a very cool prize: an original drawing of him- or herself with Archie Comics characters, drawn in costume based on the photo submitted. This one-of-a-kind collectible will be drawn by artists here at Archie Comics. (OK, guess now BRB really HAS to get that Cheryl Blossom costume together!)

We’ve never offered a prize like this before, so get your friends and neighbors together and tell them to vote for YOU! Voting will end at midnight, Saturday, November 17.

Coming up in Archie Comics ....

"Phone-y Problem": With yet another of his speeches interrupted by ringing, Mr. Weatherbee declares a ban on students’ cell phones! Is the ban a good "call," or is the Bee just dialing a "wrong number?!" SCRIPT: Angelo DeCesare. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"Take Your Time": Archie struggles to figure out the difference between real time and "Veronica time!" SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"Double Trouble": A visit with a senior gives Archie a peek into his popular future – Archie’s retired friend has two girlfriends, too! Not only that, once again he’s double-booked dates with the duo! SCRIPT: Barbara Slate. ART: Stan Goldberg.
On sale newsstand October 23, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

"That Old Buggy": In this poignant tale, Archie’s grandpa Artie comes to town to see the classic Model T Mr. Lodge is restoring. This leads to an adventurous and funny trip down memory lane, with a surprise twist ending that could only happen in Riverdale! SCRIPT AND ART: Pat Kennedy.
On sale newsstand November 20, 2007
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

"High-Scoring Hijinks": Raj Patel takes Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica on a trip to India to visit his uncle's video game company! Will Archie's ever-prominent clumsiness lead to a premature "game over" for the tour, or could it possibly inspire the 3-D animators to come up with a brand-new game? It's a "high score" of an issue you won't want to miss! SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups.
On sale newsstand October 30, 2007
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.

BETTY #169
"In the Mood": Lamenting the lack of an atmospheric restaurant that teens can afford, Betty suggests Pop Tate make a few "romantic" changes. SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"Why oh Why?": Betty asks the question, "Why do I love Archie?" The question is, what's her answer? SCRIPT: Barbara Slate. ART: Stan Goldberg.
"Just an Ordinary Day": Betty has just had one of those days… which is why she's having so much trouble entering it in her diary! SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Stan Goldberg.
On sale newsstand November 6, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

"The Shoppers": Veronica thinks she's gotten around the hectic shopping season by staying at home and shopping online, until she remembers a gift she forgot… on Christmas Eve, of course! SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Jeff Shultz.
"Are You Sure?": Here it is, the story that proves once and for all that Archie is the man of Betty and Veronica's dreams - literally! SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Jeff Shultz.
"Santa Shortage": A Christmas party for needy kids without a Santa Claus? Better find a replacement… or two… or three… quick! SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Jeff Shultz.
On sale newsstand November 20, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

"’Tis the Season for Extreme Decorating": A contest for the "most inspiring holiday display" inevitably inspires Veronica to break out all the bells and whistles… and lights… and ornaments… and tinsel… and you get the idea! When compared to more tasteful displays, it looks like Veronica’s over-the-top extravaganza may only inspire a high power bill… but little does Veronica suspect it could actually lead to a very personal holiday miracle, too! SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
On sale newsstand November 13, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

"Westward, Huh?": Yee-ha! Mr. Lodge sends Betty and Veronica to visit famed western writer Charlie Chuck’s ranch in hopes that it will break him out of his writer’s block. The girls soon learn of a series of strange accidents that have unnerved Charlie and his clan, but what’s more mysterious is the question of who is behind the mishaps… and more mysterious still is the answer to the question of who will save our heroes? Saddle up your horse and don’t miss the bronco-busting fun! SCRIPT AND ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale newsstand November 13, 2007
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

'Tis the season to be jolly as Archie and his friends celebrate in true holiday style! Archie and crew have long displayed their holiday spirit, and now through the magic of this digest series, many of the Christmas classics of old are re-presented along with new yuletide tales. It's a stocking-full of good holiday cheer you won't want to miss!
"Archie’s Holiday Scrapbook": Relive the cherished holiday memories of Archie and his friends as you pour through their festive "scrapbook" filled with their first Christmas photos and other memorabilia they’ve collected through the years. Along the way, you’ll witness many firsts: Archie’s discovery of mistletoe, Betty & Veronica’s first gift-shopping sprees, Jughead’s first holiday buffet and Reggie’s first mirror! It’s an old-fashioned Christmas you’ll be delighted to celebrate! SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
PLUS: Classic yuletide tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various.
On sale newsstand October 23, 2007
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

"All I Can Stand": The gift of a sentry’s hat goes to Jughead’s head – literally and figuratively!
"Panic on the 13th Floor!": Guess who panics when Jughead gets stuck in a stalled elevator with three glamorous models?!
"The Suspenders is Killin’ Me": Jughead decides to become a "snappy" dresser – with his own pair of flexible suspenders! SCRIPTS: Craig Boldman. ART: Rex Lindsey.
On sale newsstand October 23, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

"Chick Magnet": When Jughead’s mom buys him cologne "engineered to drive the girls crazy," all the girls in town find Jughead "odorable!" It’s going to take a whole lot more than common "scents" to shake the marauding maidens! SCRIPT AND ART: Bill Galvan.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups.
On sale newsstand November 6, 2007
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

"The Gift": Seeking the perfect gift for his sister Jellybean, Jughead turns to Ethel for advice… and before all is said and done, Jellybean, Jughead AND Ethel all benefit from the gift of "giving!" SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Pat Kennedy.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups.
On sale newsstand November 13, 2007
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.

"Relax a Bit": Rah rah, sis boom bah! Nancy takes the spotlight when Riverdale’s cheerleaders travel to Manhattan for a big competition. But her fellow squad members have little to cheer about when she puts them on a strictly timed regiment! SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups.
On sale newsstand November 6, 2007
Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.

"Shattered Lives": It's a bold new direction for Sabrina, just as her life is shattered into a million pieces! Her long time love has had his memories wiped due to her mistake. Tensions are on the rise with her friends and family. The "Four Blades" organization's plan to overthrow the corrupt magic Queen is progressing quicker than anyone expects. Sabrina is devastated by infighting and sabotaged by a traitor. But her seemingly never-ending magical abilities keep improving, making her possibly one of the most powerful magicians ever... and a target of some of the nastiest beings in the Magic Realm! As if that weren't enough, her cat Salem is going out on more dates than
Sabrina! How long before real magic is back in Sabrina's life? SCRIPT: Tania Del Rio. ART: Tania Del Rio & Jim Amash. Life's an illusion cover by Tania del Rio (pencils) & Jim Amash (inks)!
On sale newsstand November 13, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

"Civil Chores Part Three": Yes, you read that right – Part Three! Originally conceived as a two-issue tale, the ramifications grew so epic that a third part was inevitable! The last two issues have turned Riverdale upside down, with half the town’s kids on strike for a better allowance, and the other half opposing them! Of course, the "nays" all have ulterior motives of their own. Now the mysterious figure who claimed they could stop the fighting will be revealed… but will Archie and Jughead’s friendship be forever affected? It’s another issue chock-full of guest-stars from Archie Comics’ past and present, and you can’t afford to miss it! SCRIPT AND ART: Fernando Ruiz.
PLUS: Other new and classic tales! SCRIPT AND ART: Various talents. BONUS: Puzzles, games and pin-ups!
On sale newsstand October 23, 2007
Full-color digest format
$2.49 U.S.

"Stuck in the ‘70s": A glimpse of her parent’s home movies gives Veronica a taste of the 1970s, and before you know it, she’s dreaming of life in the days of disco and pay phones… but can she do without all her modern conveniences? SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.
"Picture This": Everything is less than "picture-perfect" at Riverdale High when the students decide to protest their poorly-shot ID card photos! SCRIPT: Bill Golliher. ART: Dan Parent.
"Muscle Main Man": Veronica’s date has huge muscles… and an ego to match! SCRIPT: Mike Pellowski. ART: Dan Parent.
On sale newsstand October 30, 2007
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Charlene Tilton gets new movie gig; "Dukes" gets new DVDs

The U.K. Press Association reports that our "Dallas" honey Charlene Tilton will be appearing in the new film "Point of Entry." It's a TV movie and labeled a "drama thriller." Tilton will play a character named Helen in the film, which also features Patrick Muldoon and Richard Roundtree.

It's directed by Stephen Bridgewater and written by Nathan Atkins. Read more here and on the movie's IMDb page.

In the "Dukes of Hazzard" world, meanwhile, TVShowsonDVD is reporting that Warner Bros. is planning to release the two postseries reunion movies on DVD next year. "Reliable sources" have told them that 1997's "The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!" and 2000's "The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood" will be released next summer by Warner Home Video. The TV movies will likely be packaged as one set, these sources say.

Speculation remains on the possible DVD release of "Dukes" spinoffs "Enos" and "The Dukes" animated series that featured Coy and Vance in its first season.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mark Arnold: From "Phoenix Lights" to "Deadly Sins"

Mark Arnold had some heavy shoes to fill on "Santa Barbara" (at least in our opinion -- we loved Dane Witherspoon!). In 1984, he had to take over as the second Joe Perkins, one half of the desperately-in-love, hot young couple of this then-fledgling daytime soap. And hey, he did what he could (read: we missed Witherspoon!). But what's Mark Arnold up to nowadays?

Quite a few projects, it turns out. Arnold has taken breaks from acting here and there over the years, but he's got some good stuff going on. In "Phoenix Lights: The Movie," for instance, which is currently filming and scheduled for release next year, he plays a character named Dr. Katz. It's directed by Ajax McKenzie and written by Lorri Amsden and Dave Gist.

"Fast Girl" also stars Caroline Rhea of ABC's "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." Arnold is a team scout in this one. It's a family film directed by Daniel Zirilli and written by D. Glase Lomond and Aaron Harvey, releasing this year.

"Deadly Sins" is written by, directed by and starring Gregory Christian. Arnold plays Moroni. Christian's own summary of the film: "Welcome to Little Italy, a mystical land where Gypsies coexist with Mobsters in a congenial infelicity that riddles the streets. Meet Michael Mancini: The Don's favorite nephew, his lovely but barren wife and the lengths they will go to on their climb to the top. Let the games begin." Anne Lockhart also stars.

And finally, Arnold appears in next year's "Jack Rio." The plotline from the IMDb: "Following the dark journey of a famed TV star trying to get out the the shadow of his onscreen persona, while a serial killer runs rampant throughout the city of Los Angeles." Sean Kanan of ABC's "General Hospital" also stars.

BRBTV News Blog Blip: We have a date for the next "Dallas" DVD set. Pamela, administrator at the Ultimate Dallas site, reports that February 12, 2008 is the date.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Dukes Cruise: Tom Sarmento

The fifth and final part of a full week's worth of coverage of the 2007 Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, which culminated this past weekend in Covington, Georgia ...

Whew-weeeee, it's been a great week on the BRBTV News Blog, reporting on last week's Dukes Cruise. And of all the fun celebs and interesting "Dukes of Hazzard" stories we've talked about here on the blog, there's a reason we had to leave the show's lead mechanic Tom Sarmento for last. Actually, make that two reasons. The first reason is that Tom Sarmento hereby earns the award we bestow on a celebrity guest for every event we attend and cover, the Most Congenial in Show Award. (Though Byron Cherry was such a strong contender this time around, he did just win the award in August for the Hair Dare Dukes Days!) And the second reason? Well, the second reason is that we just had to give Tom the Friday slot and the long weekend runtime because we just have to know the answer to one simple question.

On which dad-gum episode were the barrels of molasses????????????????

It's a bit of an inside joke, you see, springing from the Friday autograph session with the star guests, and we're more than happy to let you in on it. BRB got Tom a-talkin', askin' him which "Dukes" episode he remembered the most, or which one he had a funny reminiscing for. He began to tell us about an episode where everything seemed to go wrong, though he couldn't remember the title of that episode! All he remembered is that it was probably either right before or right after the Coy and Vance time (but not during) and that it involved some wayward barrels of molasses.

"You knew that was going to be a bad episode right away," he mused. A truck of molasses was brought in the night before filming and parked at what was thought to be a good place. But, he said, the truck moved from its position during the night and the molasses spilled all over the place.

Then the cows came from the nearby hillside.

"And where there's cows, there's cow pies!" he laughed. He said the mess destroyed a couple million bucks worth of equipment, including two Panavision cameras. An expensive episode, to say the least.

But the question remains ... just which episode was it? What was the scenario for which this sticky prop was used? A typical cop chase, mayhaps? We racked our brains. "Dukes" fans, we're relying on you. Meanwhile ....

"This brings back memories," Sarmento said as he paged through BRB's "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!" Sarmento turned in seven good years on "The Dukes," making sure things went as smoothly as possible with the show's vehicles.

"We did a lot of stuff," he told the group gathered for the Friday afternoon talk at the Super 8 Motel in Covington. "We did a lot of changes, etc. We had like 317 of those Chargers; we had over a thousand of those police cars."

He continued, "All these guys that we had on the show -- they're all directors, production coordinators now." Stunt guru Paul Baxley, father of stunt coordinator Craig Baxley and uncle of fellow stunt coordinator, Gary Baxley, was instrumental in that, he said. "The man made people's careers. A lot of people didn't like Paul, but he made the show what it came to be."

Sarmento represented the Hazzard County Stunt Team at this event. You've seen these guys and their daring deeds at DukesFest and other events. When Sarmento settled into the antiques mall on Friday with the Stunt Team's display, he showed BRB the particular General Lee he had with him -- the General Lee used in the reunion jump in Covington a couple years ago.

He says that after the jump the car needed a whole new front end, but the rest pretty much stayed the same. In addition to this blazin' orange beauty, the Stunt Team's display included lots of Hazzard County goodies: T-shirts, decals, lanyards, hats and beautiful 8-by-10 color photos of various "Dukes" jumps.

For his kindness and cordiality during the event, Sarmento earns BRBTV's Most Congenial in Show Award for the Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise. But we still wanna hear which episode had the molasses!

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dukes Cruise: Byron Cherry

Part 4 of a full week's worth of coverage of the 2007 Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, which culminated this past weekend in Covington, Georgia ...

When the BRBTV News Blog reported on Byron Cherry's involvement in the 2007 Hair Dare Dukes Days in our August 14 post, we mentioned several descriptors that the casual observer could associate with this great guy ... fun-loving, boisterous, always smiling, the life of the party. Well, after last weekend's Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, we have one more to add to the list: trooper!

If you were anywhere near the cruise's display at the Lions' BBQ cookoff in Covington on Saturday, you saw our lovable Coy Duke hauling around boxes and setting up tables and canopies as if he were part of the backstage crew instead of the honored guest. You saw him triapse up on stage to talk about "The Dukes," then go up again a little while later to put on a pig's snout and oink! You saw him turn in an interview for a local radio station, strike a pose with Miss Hazzard County, then follow the crowd to the Square in Covington, having already been all over the place, including the antiques mall on Elm Street, earlier that day. You saw him pose with "Dukes" museum curator Jo McLaney and sign items at the A Touch of Country shop, and you saw him sign, sign, sign and turn a smile and a good-natured attitude toward everyone who approached him. You saw him do all of this, after having spent a week on the road with the cruise, making other appearances, and (very importantly) you saw him do all this on Saturday after he spent the first part of the day very sick to his stomach! If that's not being a trooper, we're just not sure what is!

All of those appropriate lauds aside, however, Cherry also took part in the "Dukes" reminiscing of the event and offered some fun stuff as he spoke to the standing-room-only crowd in the meeting room of the Super 8 Motel in Covington on Friday.

As he took the floor, he first thanked Wayne and Donna Wooten for organizing the show, as well as the fans. "Without you guys, the show would be nothing," he said.

"I used to come to Covington to hunt and fish," the Atlanta native pointed out. Cherry still has family here in Atlanta.

Then he told about how he first came to be associated with "The Dukes of Hazzard."

"I'd see John (Schneider) all over Atlanta. I knew him. We go way back. We were doing little commercials here and there, enough to get by, nothing big. As an actor, you try to stay positive, but you do 10, 20 auditons and nobody hires you, you think you're in the wrong business. I was up originally for (the part of) Bo, but I missed the audition. A few years later, the same agent calls me and says, 'Hey, Byron, you ever hear of a show called "The Dukes of Hazzard"?' I said, 'Yea, I watch it every Friday night!'" Cherry laughed.

"I went over there, and they gave me a three-page scene. Stratton was playing Daisy, and I was trying to play the Coy Duke character. He was talking like a woman, and I just started laughing. This was in Atlanta, Georgia. I hadn't been to L.A. yet. I got through the scene, and mostly it was just laughing. They overnighted it to Warner Bros."

When Cherry got the news that he'd made the cut, though, he had trouble believing it! While he was out on a family dinner at TGIFridays (for his mom's birthday), the bartender approached the table to tell Cherry he had a phone call. It was Jimmy, his roommate. "He said, 'Byron, you're going to Hollywood, man! They called you.'"

Cherry thought it was a joke and hung up! At the third call, he finally believed. "I think the next day I was on a plane to do a screen test," he said. "I get out there, and they give me prep. I said, 'Who am I going to read with?' and they said Daisy Mae, and I said, 'No, really?' The real Daisy Mae! That audition was supposed to last two days, and it was almost a month for me, because they'd bring in people from all over the place. I didn't know I really had the job. I was the only blond-haired, blue-eyed guy there!" Again, Cherry laughed.

"Finally, the producers called me in after reading hundreds of people. I walked in there and they had a big ole bottle of champagne."

Cherry also learned that it was his workout buddy, Chris Mayer, who got the role of the other Duke cousin. The two remain friends to this day.

(Don Schisler, by the way, threw in a comment during this talk: He said that Byron Cherry was being modest, because he himself saw the casting call for this Coy Duke role, and there were thousands of people there.)

Well ... we'd have to say that Warner Bros. made a fine choice.

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dukes Cruise: Don Schisler

Part 3 of a full week's worth of coverage of the 2007 Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, which culminated this past weekend in Covington, Georgia ...

"This all started with a phone call," Don Schisler said as he took the floor at the Super 8 Motel this past weekend to relate his experiences with the hit TV show "The Dukes of Hazzard."

"The film commissioner of the State of Georgia had recommended me to do the picture cars. I'd done picture cars for years on commercials and other features. The phone rang and it was John Marenda, and he said, 'Can you meet at the Holiday Inn tomorrow morning?' This was about six weeks before the first day of principal photography."

So did Schisler bite? You betcha. This Dearborn, Michigan, native, who attended Wayne State University in Detroit and even worked for Ford Motor Co. for a time, became the transportation director for our beloved show. "I'm sort of a Georgia redneck version of a casting director for cars. The General hadn't even been chosen as a Dodge Charger. The art director and the director have the big say-so. For the General, I put up three cars: I put a Firebird, a Mustang and a Charger as a he-man sort of thing. The Charger was the best choice because it was a little bigger and it's about as macho as they come. In retrospect, they don't come any better."

Schisler told the group gathered in the meeting room of the motel in Covington last Friday that his wife read the script for "The Dukes of Hazzard" back then and said it would never reach the screen. "She said, 'There's no story here. There's no meat here.' It was very vanilla. But when you put the whole thing together -- the right people, the right location -- everything went together magically, to end up being something that went to No. 1 on the charts."

And Schisler's own role was so crucial, since this was to be a show that was as much about a car as it was about people. But for the action to start, models of that "he-man" 1969 Dodge Charger had to be secured. "These were cars that had been flailed for all those years. The first thing we had to do was get them to the shop. And it was safety, safety, safey. ... It changed my whole life when Rodney Mitchell was killed." (Just a day away from leaving the set for another production, Mitchell died on June 18, 1980, when a camera car rolled over as it hit a soft side of the shoulder of the road in Lake Sherwood, California.)

"The cars arrived here to the Holiday Inn," Schisler continued. "I don't think any of them was a good start. They had to have new batteries. One of the worst things we had to do was get the rear brakes to work. So the first thing we did is we went to the parts store ... I went down to the drag race shop and bought all the line locks, and I put the line locks in the circuit going to the front wheels. They were originally hydraulic locks for wreckers. My dad was service manager for Hudson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and all the Hudson's would buy line locks. I had a liberal education when I was 12 years old with line locks in Pittsburgh. The Baxleys were hitting me over the head, why couldn't you make these rear brakes lock up? So that worked out. I carried one of those in my camera car."

Appropriately enough, Schisler's work sped by as fast as the General on one of them back roads!

"The whole thing went through in a flash. In retrospect, it was like one week. I think it was actually a month and a half. It was just pandemonium, 24-7. ... The body shop had it even worse." (Yea, they did! See yesterday's post of this blog!)

But it's par for the course, Schisler said. "Episodic TV always suffers from major problems. A lot of crazy unplanned things. There's some real wild stuff that goes on."

Sounds like Schisler, who still lives in Metro Atlanta, loved every minute of his work on "The Dukes."

"It's been a great ride," he said. "I never thought it would do what it's done today. The magnitude."

Photo above, of Schisler, right, looking over Jon Holland's new "Dukes" book, "The Roads to Early Hazzard," by Billie Rae Bates. See last week's post of this blog for more on Jon's book.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dukes Cruise: Tony Kelley

Part 2 of a full week's worth of coverage of the 2007 Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, which culminated this past weekend in Covington, Georgia ...

Tony Kelley was just a young-un when he began his role in the "Dukes of Hazzard" world. As a tender 18-year-old working at H&H Body Shop in Metro Atlanta, he was called into service to keep a small fleet of blazin'-orange 1969 Dodge Chargers in fine running (and filming) form for the first five episodes of the show.

"When our first General Lee hit the yard, we'd been waiting on it for a week," Kelley told the standing-room only crowd at the meeting room of the Super 8 Motel in Covington this past Friday. "That was the first jump car. We thought, who in the world would paint a car orange, put a flag on it and call it General Lee? It's just unbelievable how it took off and was done."

Kelley's job was to take a wrecked car and overnight turn it into a gleaming car ready for filming the next day. "There was only three of us in the body shop. People would come by in the afternoon just to see what kind of wreck was coming into the body shop. They'd be hanging out, and then the stunt man comes in because he left his stunt gear in the Charger one time. He said, 'I'm glad to see there's more than three of you'all, because we wreck 'em just as fast as we need 'em.' "

Indeed. We know just how often we saw that General Lee in the air! And everytime you saw a General Lee in the air, show creator Gy Waldron has said, that was another General Lee wrecked. In the case of the very first General Lee ever jumped, however, the path to film-readiness was a bit different. The car that's affectionately labeled Lee 1 may have arrived at the shop as a wrecked orange Lee, but it was put back into commission as the even-more-wrecked blue Petty car for the episode "Repo Men." Kelley, who assisted in the search for the car that ended in a Metro Atlanta junkyard a few years ago, reminisced with BRBTV just before the meeting-room talk. He said that he and the guys at H&H Body Shop had a little fun with putting the shop's name on the car before it was sent back for filming. Alas and alack .. the production team removed the name before shooting!

Back then, in late 1978, Kelley didn't get to see the results of his work. "All the stuff we did was prior to the TV series ever starting," he said. "When they got out to California, it had aired and the General Lee had actually been seen by then."

Kelley shared a funny story with BRBTV, then later with the group during the talk, about a case of "mistaken identity" during the transport of one of the Hazzard County Sheriff's cars for filming.

"We were taking a police car back to Conyers, on the back roads," he said. "We started out on Norcross, got onto Beaver Ruin Road, and these police detectives came. They followed us for a little while, and we got to this cutoff road. And pretty soon here comes this police car behind us, and a helicopter above us, and they pulled us over."

In the Hazzard County car was Kelley, camera man Doug Smith and fellow mechanic Henry Holman. (Yikes! Where's Rosco when you need him?)

"They had Henry and Doug get out, and I couldn't get out of the back seat. They kept hollering at us, 'Get out! Get out!' And I couldn't get out." (Dad-gum safety mechanisms!)

"Doug had all of the paperwork in the front seat in a briefcase, and as soon as he had his hand on the handle to get it, they had their guns pulled and said, 'Don't make another move!'"

It took an hour and a half, including calls to the Holiday Inn in Conyers where the cast and crew had been staying, to sort the mess out and convince the local constables that these kind young fellows were no threat. What really was happening, Kelley told BRBTV, was that someone had been driving around Metro Atlanta with a fake police car, pulling over women.

And that wasn't even the only ... er, hazard ... that Kelley encountered in his line of work for "The Dukes." Remember, a large portion of the work involved fresh paint.

"The dark blue and the red took a long time to dry," he said of the (in)famous Confederate flag on the roof of the General Lee. "Sometimes they would be wet the next morning when they'd come to get the car. I had to run between three of them. Henry, he did most of the paint work, and Danny (Hobbs) did the body work, and I'd stay there and help Danny until we got it ready to prime. At times, both of them would go."

Sound exhausting? Listen on ...

"It'd get to be that I'd sleep in the corner every now and then, or find a car to sleep in. One of the worst things was Boss Hogg's Cadillac. It was actually a gold car. We had to paint it white. I stayed in Boss Hogg's Cadillac, and the next thing you know, I was outside at the side of the building wondering where I was at! We were bad about wearing masks."

Thankfully, Tony Kelley lived to tell the tales. And he doesn't mind being part of a phenomenon that lives on so strongly.

"It's unbelievable that an orange car can be as popular as it is."

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dukes Cruise: An overview

What a great weekend it was in Covington, Georgia, and what a wonderful weeklong event, by all accounts, was the Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise.

Wayne Wooten and his wife, Donna, put together an enjoyable, free, safe, fun and peaceful event for not only "Dukes of Hazzard" fans but for Wayne's Dodge Charger Registry members, as well. There were beautiful Chargers of various years and colors on display at the antiques mall on Elm Street in Covington on Saturday. They came from all over: Indiana, Michigan, Tennesee -- even Australia -- to do the cruise, which began on October 5 in North Carolina and ended right here in Georgia, in the birthplace of "The Dukes."

Wayne says he plans to do this event for five years. "It'll always be free of charge," he told the attendees at the close of the event this past Saturday evening in Covington's Square. "It'll always be this kind of event."

All this week on the BRBTV News Blog, we're going to give you a glimpse of the Georgia portion of the Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, both in photos and in great stories that were shared by the event's special guests: Byron (Coy Duke) Cherry, James (Rosco P. Coltrane) Best, Don Schisler, Tom Sarmento and Tony Kelley. (Jerry Rushing, the man who started it all for "The Dukes," joined up with the group in North Carolina but was unfortunately unable to travel to the Georgia leg of the event.)

BRBTV would like to thank Wayne and Donna and everyone who made this event a nice one.

The mayor of Covington, Sam Ramsey, stopped by the Super 8 Motel around lunchtime on Friday with a special welcome for all of the event's guests and attendees. He asked everyone in the motel's conference room to introduce themselves and tell where they were from, to see how many states were represented.

Tom Sarmento, left, and James Best during the group introductions and the mayor's visit. After this, guests and attendees reconvened upstairs in the hotel's meeting room for a special time of stories and questions for the cast and crew.

It was standing-room-only as the crowd packed into the meeting room of the Super 8 Motel in Covington, to hear stories from the event's guests. Here, Tony Kelley speaks, while Don Schisler, on the right, looks on. (You'll be hearing more about those guys, along with Tom Sarmento, later this week!)

Judy Bruce, shown here with her daughter, Brooke, on Saturday, has her own "Dukes" claim to fame. She was one of the children of the orphanage featured in the show's pilot episode. She was that cute little girl who climbed into the back of Boss Hogg's Cadillac and fiddled with his hat. Judy still lives in Metro Atlanta.

This blazin'-orange-beauty-in-progress belongs to Billy, who also attended the Hair Dare Dukes Days in Canada a couple months back (see the August 13, 2007 post of this blog to catch Billy and his T-shirt with a special message). Billy told us that he bought this Charger from a friend who'd gotten it on eBay, and he drove 12 hours nonstop with a trailer to pick it up. "I put a fuel pump in it, and it's been runnin' ever since," he said. But it wasn't a General Lee back then. "I hand-painted everything on it." Billy says he drives it to all the shows he does. "I never trailer it."

Dodge Chargers from all over the place went along on the cruise (we were rather partial to the red-and-black beauty there on the right). This was part of the display on Saturday at the antiques mall on Elm Street in Covington, before we all relocated to the Lions' BBQ cookoff in Covington, eventually ending up on the Square later on in the afternoon.

At the Lions' BBQ cookoff, one of the authentic screen-used General Lees was on display.

All roads lead to the Square, don't they, now? They sure do, when you're talkin' Covington! On Saturday afternoon and evening, General Lees and other Chargers were wound all around the Square, with lots of folks checkin' out the scene.

"This hobby is for us," Wayne Wooten told the crowd at the event's close near the monument on the Square. "This hobby is not for crooks." Wayne also had a raffle drawing for a snazzy General Lee model car, signed by all the event's special guests, as well as some other cool prizes.

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV

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Friday, October 12, 2007

"Dukes of Hazzard" Cruise -- an update from the field!

OK, BRBTV is having so much fun at the Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, and getting so much good content (photos and stories!), that you're going to see a whole week's worth of coverage of the event, beginning Monday. (That IS what we do for these great "Dukes" events, after all! Guess we'll even have to choose one of the special guests for the Most Congenial in Show Award, too! Hmmm ....) So stay tuned ...

"Dukes" Cruise arrives in Covington

The Cruise has arrived in Covington, and the fun here at the birthplace of "The Dukes" has begun. The Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise, organized by Wayne Wooten, rolled into town yesterday afternoon after a week of seein' the sites around North Carolina, Tennessee and northern Georgia. And last night, the group settled into the Super 8 Motel on Archovy Road in Covington (exit 92 off Interstate 20, in case you can make it!) to relax, view some video footage of what's happened so far, and chat.

Above, Wayne gives cruisers a glimpse of some of the goodies they'll see this weekend at the Covington arm of the trip. He's got all kinds of stuff he's accumulated over the years -- Jerry Rushing's boots, Uncle Jesse's hat, an original General Lee license plate and more.

Here, Scott, a "Dukes" fan from Pennyslvania, showed BRB one of his treasures: Sorrell Booke photos and autographs. Booke, of course, has passed on (and really would've loved events like this, us fans surmise!), but while the show was still airing, round about 1981 or so, Scott guesses, he got the opportunity to meet our own Boss Hogg at an appearance. Rosco's "fat little buddy" was only too happy to oblige with not only one autograph but two. And what is that paper he was signin'? Well, glad you asked -- Booke flipped over two pages from the script for the October 1982 episode "Big Daddy"! Wow! Is that like givin' a fan the shirt off your back, or what?

Watch for more photos of the event this weekend, because it's all just startin' up .... And if you can make it out to Covington, remember you'll meet not only James (Rosco) Best and Byron (Coy Duke) Cherry), but some of the mechanics and stunt guys who helped make the show great.

Photos by Billie Rae Bates / BRBTV

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Crime doesn't pay -- but does watching "Dynasty" pay?

L.B., is that you??????????

No, it's not our lovable Carrington-Colby progeny of "Dynasty"; it's just some two-bit criminal scammin' on his name! Randall Smith, who at 34 is a few years older than Little Blake would be right now, stole the identity of an elderly couple, actually, and used it to scam some cash out of various banks in England. About 36,000 pounds worth, actually.

Blake Carrington Colby is just one of 12 aliases Smith used in his crime spree. Geesh ...

Read more about this crazy stuff at the Blackpool Gazette:

OK, that's all for today, and BRB is heading over to the scene of the Hillbilly Woodstock 2 Cruise, which landed in Covington, Georgia, this afternoon .... catch photos right here on this very blog tomorrow ....

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Barry Corbin, "House of Terror" and more

Barry Corbin is another one of those actors who's been in just about anything you can name on TV and in movies. His career began in the 1970s and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down since then. For us "Dallas" fans, he was Sheriff Fenton Washburn. For "Dukes of Hazzard" fans, he played Mr. Pullman in the 2005 movie. Now, Corbin has some new projects in the works ...

"The House of Terror" is a thriller scheduled for release a year from now. In it, Corbin portrays the president of Hungary. The plotline, from the IMDb: "A journalist is constantly haunted by images of the initial: C.F. The mysterious sign leads her to a strange building, where thousands of people were brutally tortured 50 years ago. The identities of these victims are yet to be revealed." Filming in Budapest, it also stars Talia Shire and Clint Howard.

"The Hill" is a a romantic drama about a tight-knit group of college friends who graduated from NYU the year of 9/11 and reunite seven years later for a weekend wedding in Athens, Georgia. The film, from Wonder Entertainment, films right here in Athens, Georgia. Corbin plays Uncle Dennis.

And in "Lake City," which just completed, Corbin is George. This one is also set in the South, the IMDb says: "In this searing Southern drama, a mother and son reunite under desperate circumstances years after a family tragedy drove them far apart." Sissy Spacek (where's she been?), Rebecca Romijn and Keith Carradine are also on board. The drama filmed in Virginia and is scheduled for release this year.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Congratulations to Jon Holland, newest "Dukes" author

We've gotta tell ya a story ... A couple-a years ago, while BRB was still researching her "Dukes of Hazzard" reference guide, "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!", she happened upon a friendly Bo Duke-lookalike in the sweet little town of Covington, Georgia -- birthplace of "The Dukes"! As they got to chatting, she realized just how much this guy knew about "The Dukes," particularly the original filming sites in Georgia. Well, Jon told her about his own "Dukes" book that he'd been working on for quite a few years already, at the time, and he even helped BRB out on some of her own "Dukes" research for "Them Dukes! Them Dukes!"

BRB knows what a mountain of work Jon has put into his own final product -- just released through BookSurge Publishing and its parent company, So with that sentiment, BRBTV offers its congratulations to Jon Holland, proprietor of the Hazzard County Car Club and the DukesofHazzard01 site, for authoring "The Roads Back to Early Hazzard."

Jon calls this "A history of the people, the cars and the area that brought Hazzard County to life," and BRBTV has gotten an idea, over the past couple years, at the massive amount of photos and information Jon was packing into this compendium focusing on the first five "Dukes" episodes. With multiple trips to Covington and the surrounds and lots of phone calls and visits, Jon has compiled all kinds of exclusive photos and tidbits. For the casual "Dukes" fans, it's great. For the hard-core "Dukes" fan, this book is drillin' down deep. If ever there was a "Dukes historian" (as CMT labeled him on its "Inside Fame" special on "The Dukes") it would definitely have to be Jon Holland.

"The Roads Back to Early Hazzard" is 170 pages softcover and sells for $14.95 on Amazon.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Patrick Duffy returns to "The Bold and the Beautiful"

Last year, Patrick Duffy, our own handsome Bobby Ewing of "Dallas" did a several-week stint as Stephen Logan Sr. on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful." This was a rare foray into the daytime soaps world for the actor. Well, he's about to revisit that. is reporting that Duffy will return to the role on Friday, November 5.

"The Bold and the Beautiful" seems to be a refuge for "Dallas" stars. Linda Gray, our own Sue Ellen Ewing, played Priscilla Kelly on "B&B" in 2004-2005. Lesley Anne-Down, who showed up on "Dallas" for a season as PR guru Stephanie Rogers, has been Jackie Payne Marone on the show since 2003. Then there's Susan Flannery, the platinum-tressed Leslie Stewart on "Dallas," who has played Stephanie Douglas Forrester on the soap for a full 20 years, since the show's beginning! Yowza. In fact, it's the latter (the former Leslie Stewart!) whom Duffy's character is going to be going head-to-head with when he returns to "B&B." Bobby vs. Leslie ... hmmm ... works!

And while we're talking soap associations, Jack Wagner, who was the second Warren Lockridge on our beloved "Santa Barbara," has been Nick Payne Marone on "B&B" since 2003. Sydney Penny, his on-screen wife B.J., played Sam Kelly on "B&B." Joseph Campanella, who was Hutch Corrigan on "The Colbys" and Joseph Lombardi on "Dallas," played Jonathan Young on "B&B" for nearly 10 years. Henry Darrow, who was Rafael Castillo on "SB," played Dr. Carlos Nunez. And Eileen Davidson, who was the final Kelly Capwell on "SB," has crossed over as Ashley Suzanne Abbott from sister show "The Young and the Restless."

Friday, October 05, 2007

Kids WB! goes away at the end of this season

A couple of tidbits from the "Batman: The Animated Series" realm ...

The network that once aired the original episodes is gone. The Kids WB!, a popular Saturday-morning outlet for children's programming for the WB network, has gone the way of the WB network, actually.

Since the WB merged with CBS / UPN last year and became the CW network, now the Kids WB! is also going away. Variety has reported that children's programming for the CW will be handled by 4Kids, and it will be geared more toward preschoolers. The Kids WB!, which was on the air for 12 years, will officially end at the close of the current 2007-2008 season. We don't know what that means for the current "B: TAS" heir, "The Batman," however.

And, in the "spotted around the Web" department ... this YouTube user has a brief collection of cringe-worthy moments from our beloved Bat-series. Click on over to and behold some lines and animation maneuvers that were slightly less than par, in this viewer's opinion, on the 1990s Warner Bros. series.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Don't miss the "Dukes" cruise, beginning tomorrow!

Are you ready to cruise through multiple states, have great fun with friends old and new, and celebrate "The Dukes of Hazzard" at the same time? As reported earlier on the BRBTV News Blog, Wayne Wooten's Hillbilly Woodstick 2 Dukes of Hazzard Cruise begins tomorrow, October 5, in North Carolina, and continues for one big week, ending up in Covington, Georgia -- birthplace of "The Dukes."

The fun news for today, though, is the fact that Mr. James Best -- known as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane to us -- has signed on to appear, as well. He's in good company: Byron (Coy Duke) Cherry, Jerry Rushing, and a whole host of mechanics, stuntmen and other guys who worked behind the scenes to make the show great.

Mr. Wooten, who chatted via phone with BRBTV last night, says he plans to make an annual event out of the cruise. "I want to get one under my belt," he says of this first one, for which he's now getting down to the wire in working out a ton of details. He's had phone calls right and left, he told us from his job on a tugboat (a business his dad did before him, by the way; he proudly tells BRBTV that his son is taking another career route, serving our country overseas).

Wayne ran down some of the details of the Covington end of the event for us: Friday, October 12 will be spent at the Super 8 Motel conference room, where from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the aforementioned special guests will be signing autographs and answering fan questions about their roles on our favorite show. That's the best part, isn't it? The reminiscing? Later in the afternoon, we'll all be breaking into groups and visiting "Dukes" filming sites around the area.

On Saturday, the event will move to the antique mall on Elm Street in Covington in the morning and early afternoon, then to the Historic Town Square for the rest of the day, where we'll all park our cars and have a nice get-together.

Catch more details at Wayne's official page for the event:

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

From Kid Rock and his Lee to "Swellen" ...

Straight outta BRB's hometown, Kid Rock's own General Lee car is featured in an exhibit at the arena at the Henry Ford. The Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars show in Metro Detroit (where Kid is also from, by the way) allows visitors to listen to Kid Rock talk about his blazin'-orange beauty, which he admits to pullin' a few "Dukes"-style stunts with:

Our favorite "Dukes" songstress, Ms. Stella Parton, will appear at the Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, on October 11. Keep up with her at

From "The Dukes" to "Dallas" ... the lovely Linda Gray, our own Sue Ellen Ewing, is touring with "Terms of Endearment," and she's doing an interview or two along the way. This one, in the Nottingham Evening Post, quotes "Swellen" as being surprised by the success of "Dallas" way back when:

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Archie's got some spoooooooky stuff planned this month

We don't know about you, but BRBTV is in the mood for Halloween. Creepy monsters and pumpkins and candy -- that's what we're talkin' about. In that (friendly!) spirit, we offer you this fun preview from Archie Comics ...

Ever since the silent movie days of the 1920s, film comedians have gotten mixed up with monsters. The popularity of the classic movie monsters continued into the 1960s, when many of the vintage films started being shown on TV on a regular basis. Simultaneously, horror fare was still doing well at drive-in theaters and movie matinees.

It’s no surprise, then, that Archie Comics, ever conscious of trends, made monsters a staple of Archie stories in the late 1950s through the 1960s, with a gaggle of ghouls guest-starring on both the covers and interior tales of many an Archie title. The kooky combination of teenage humor with spooky chills proved to be such a winning formula that Archie was inspired to spin several series off in that direction, including ARCHIE’S MADHOUSE, BATS! and SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH.

Throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, the Archie teens periodically found themselves involved in mysterious tales in such titles as ARCHIE’S TV LAUGH-OUT, LIFE WITH ARCHIE and THE WORLD OF ARCHIE. The ‘90s and new millennium continued the trend with the acclaimed “House of Riverdale” epic crossover tale that spanned several titles, and ARCHIE’S WEIRD MYSTERIES, adapted from the animated TV series of the same name. Now, just in time for Halloween, Archie offers up a cauldron of comedy and creepiness that we dare you to read with nothing but the night light on!

BETTY #168
32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.
“Drawing on Experience”: When Betty enters a teen horror story contest, she reaches into her memory bank for a terrifying tale of a foreboding mansion and eerie tiki keychain! SCRIPT: Kathleen Webb. ART: Stan Goldberg.

Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.
“Lodge of Terror”: Mr. Lodge buys a run-down ski lodge in hopes of renovating it … but not before Veronica can hold a mega-Halloween party there! But is it possible that the spooky old building is haunted for real? The gang’s all here for a horrifically fun time – and don’t miss the special pin-up pages with all their creepy, creative costumes! SCRIPT AND ART: Dan Parent.

Full-color digest format
$3.69 U.S.
“Fright Sight”: It’s frightful fun when the Archies play a benefit gig for the town’s orphans … decked out in festive Halloween garb. Mr. Lodge can’t decide what’s scarier – the band’s costumes or their music! SCRIPT: George Gladir. ART: Pat Kennedy.

32-page, full-color comic
$2.25 U.S.
“A Frightful Night”: It’s Halloween once again, the one night of the year that magical beings are allowed to use their powers in public. Gathering for a party at the same “Haunted House” as last year, the mortals are amazed at all the “special effects” that are really magic! Before the night is through, Sabrina will be betrayed in a way that will affect her relationships with those she loves the most… including Harvey, Shinji, and perhaps most shocking of all, Aunt Hilda! You simply cannot miss the stunning conclusion to this tale, the ramifications of which will be felt for issues to come! SCRIPT AND ART: Tania del Rio.

Monday, October 01, 2007

BRBTV birthdays for October

- Alan Rachins, memorable as the wound-up Temple Fugate / Clock King on "Batman: The Animated Series," turns 65 on October 3.
- Jack Wagner, who was our final Warren Lockridge on "Santa Barbara," along with a host of other soap opera roles in the '80s and '90s, turns 48 on October 3.
- Christopher Stone, who was Dave Stratton on "Dallas," was born on October 4, 1942, and died on October 20, 1995.
- Charlton Heston, our giant Jason Colby on "Dynasty" and "The Colbys," turns 84 on October 4.
- Christopher Norris, who was the demented Laura Asher on "SB," will turn 54 on October 7.
- John O’Hurley, who was the second Stephen Slade on "Santa Barbara" and so many other things over the years, including a fabulous "Seinfeld" role and that "Dancing With the Stars" gig, turns 51 on October 9.
- J. Eddie Peck, who's a BRBTV double-shot with his roles on our two primetime biggies, Tommy McKay on "Dallas" and Roger Grimes on "Dynasty," turns 49 on October 10.
- Jim McMullan, who was Sen. Andrew Dowling on "Dallas," turns 71 on October 13.
- Greg Evigan, who was Willie Gust on "Dallas" but is better known for "B.J. and the Bear" (and sorry, IMDb, his first name was spelled like BRB's own -- Billie -- on the side of his big rig on-screen, but hey, we're quite used to having that name mispelled!), turns 54 on October 14.
- Arleen Sorkin, the unforgettable voice of Harley Quinn on "Batman: The Animated Series," as well as the person who inspired the character, turns 51 on October 14.
- Barry Corbin, who was the stalwart Sheriff Fenton Washburn on "Dallas," turns 67 on October 16.
- John Anderson, who was Kimberly Cryder's father Dr. Styles on "Dallas," was born on October 20, 1922, and died on August 7, 1992.
- John Zaremba, who played Dr. Harlan Danvers on "Dallas," was born on October 22, 1908, and died on December 15, 1986.
- Wolf Muser, who was the sinister Marcello Armonti on "Santa Barbara," terrorizing C.C. Capwell for his supposed wrongs in the second World War, turned 57 on October 23.
- Scott Jaeck, another "SB" alum as Cain Garver who was spotted more recently as a hired gun on Fox's "Prison Boys" (er, we mean "Prison Break"), turns 53 on October 29.
- The talented and well-regarded (and ever patient) Barbara Bel Geddes, who for so many years portrayed Miss Ellie Ewing on "Dallas," was born on Halloween in 1922 in New York City. She died last year, on August 8, of lung cancer.

Happy birthday to all!